For this project I chose to interpret the theme of colour within the Fashion pathway. I have a strong interest in fashion photography therefore I felt this would be the right path to take.
I decided to focus my project more on beauty, which is one of the main contributors to fashion photography. I wanted to ‘decorate’ the face with textures and things you wouldn’t normally wear upon your face such as rose petals and feathers. For my first shoot I decided to stick rose petals onto my models face, this worked well however due to the skin being so highly irritated I had to find something else to use. Skin irritation is a big problem and in some cases you can use the spot healing tool on PhotoShop to erase the imperfections but in this case I felt it was best to move on to other things. I then went on to use lace eyelashes, for this shoot I went for a more natural look as I wanted the lashes to the the most eye catching, there was also no way the skin could be irritated. I used high key lighting for both these shoots, normally I prefer to shoot with low key lighting as I feel it compliments the model in a better way, I wanted to push myself and try new things as it’s important that I am comfortable shooting both high and low key lighting for the future. Changing to low key lighting would mean my photographs wouldn’t fit together in a set how I wanted them to but I felt it would compliment the image in a better way, therefore for my third shoot I shot in low key. I feel that this is the best of all my shoots, I used paint to create shapes on the models face, some of which complimented her face shape. There was some irritation of the skin when taking the paint off to put a different look on, this was easily corrected on PhotoShop with the spot healing tool.
I was hugely inspired by Rankin’s beauty work, he has a mix of over the top make up and natural make up, both look incredible in the way he has photographed them. Another inspiration for this project was Yulia Gorbachenko, I found her online when searching for another photographer to critique. She produced a series of photos which explored paint upon the face, something in which I intended to do. Due to being unsure of what colours and shapes to use I decided to mimic the colours used and create the pattern as my own. I found photographer Ian Crawford the same way, I was inspired by the composition of his shots.
This project has introduced me to new beauty photographers to whom I can carry on looking at throughout my FMP and has given me the confidence to carry on looking for new inspirations. I feel that it is important to have a large number of inspiring photographers rather than just she same few, this stops work being repeated.
If I were to redo this project, I would try and practice my ideas before taking them to the studio, for instance, the models skin didn’t react well to the petals therefore I would have been able to save time and find something new which would enable me to build up more imagery creating the various looks in which I intended. I would also like to have found Yulia Gorbachenko earlier in the project, she was a huge inspiration to me and i feel I could have progressed better with the paint.
Overall I feel that this project has helped me photograph colour in a more interesting way, the use of my constantina sketch book enabled me to place inspirational photographs together therefore it was easier to take parts I wanted from each photo to build my own. In the future I will be using this again.
I am pleased with my final outcomes and will continue to shoot varying from low key to high key as well as interpreting colour into shoots in a more interesting way.